Tue, Dec 13, 2005 - Page 10 News List

World's first `Hello Kitty' airplane to make debut Lunar New Year flights

CNA , TAIPEI

Taipei-based EVA Airways (長榮航空) has decided to use the world's first airplane painted with a "Hello Kitty" design on its fuselage to operate the planned cross-strait charter flights during the Lunar New Year holiday next year, according to a company statement released yesterday.

The carrier hopes to offer cordial and comfortable flight services to young passengers with the colorful aircraft, the statement said.

The airplane has been assigned to fly between Taipei and Beijing during the Lunar New Year period to bring Taiwanese businesspeople operating in China back home for the holidays.

The Airbus A330-220 passenger jet was painted with the Hello Kitty design at the end of October. The boarding passes and luggage tags used for passengers flying on the plane have been decorated with the color pink in line with the Hello Kitty theme.

Meanwhile, China-based Air China (中國航空) has decided to use an aircraft decorated with a 2008 Beijing Olympics design on its fuselage to operate its Taipei-Beijing flights during the holiday period, according to the Beijing-based Youth Daily.

A total of 72 flights will be offered by airlines from the two sides, up from 48 flights last year.

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